What is Carnevale? It is a two week long event that ends on Fat Tuesday. In modern times, it has a similar approach that Mardi Gras has, but originally it was a time when you could be anyone you wanted to be. A peasant could dress as royalty, a student as a teacher, a man as a woman.
Costumes are a lot more elaborate now, originally being plain white masks and black capes. Each year in Venice has a different theme. This year was La Natura Fantastica, and many people dressed up as trees, plants, and fruit. Others stuck with the royal style with a mask, wig and fancy dress.
Most of the younger population and locals either did not dress up or wore more Halloween-like costumes. We found Pac Man and all of the little ghosts!
In most of the larger campos where stages with a DJ, tents with food and drinks and a ton of people dancing. It was like an outdoor concert/club. Right by Rialto was where we headed first.
|Lights on Rialto Bridge|
The tents had candied nuts (peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts), donuts and fritelles! These fritelles weren't real fritelles but more like nutella in a sweet hamburger bun. Still pretty tasty.
|This view was in one of the campos on the way back to Casa Artom from St. Mark's.|